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modernization program and that is why, it is so eager to get this going, because our money man had a call for clearly, the edge of our escalator system is there and just like the gentleman indicated in the 5 years and 30 years of the expensive e system and we need to have it going and until it is, they have a plan in place and by doing this pilot, we are also learned the process of the design, and derive the design solution and take all of these issues and so it is ready to work with mta. and there is a department in san francisco. and so, there is no doubt that we will have this resource and readiness to move forward in the project as one time in the dpw, and the deputy director. >> thank you. >> we still have a number of other commissioners that wanted
to comment. >> thank you. >> i have to say that the more that i hear about the canopy issue, the less i understand what the point of having them may be. and it seems like there is a difference of opinion between what the mta and bart is saying and so that is a concern. and so, i would ask that we figure out that we believe that collectively that there is a benefit to the canopy and given that even if there is no maintenance for 25 years, you know, the canopy will still be more expensive. you know, is that necessarily the best way to use the limited resources we have? and even if it is done through a pilot is that really the right way to go?
so, i don't, you know, hearing, this discussion makes me less comfortable. i do have a question about the main nens plan. i saw in the packet that there was a schedule but i did not see a plan included in the presentation. that is correct that there is no plan that has been finalized? >> so, there is a so the scopes and the timing and when we will do maipt nens and how that works will be included in the
contract and it does exceed the standard that sets themselves for these escalator and so our maintenance is higher than the recommended maintenance level and then scott broder here in the transit division, manages all of those contracts. for the maintenance of the escalators. >> i mean that i understand that, but maybe, i am off point here, but, to my mind, there is a difference between a maintenance contract and a maintenance plan. i mean, the maintenance contract with this, the cone may be a part of the maintenance plan, but i don't necessarily think that the maintenance plan, it is necessarily, you know, limited to just, you know, a maintenance contract. and so that... for instance, a question that i have is, what is there a document that outlines what it is, that
internal and mp a staff, and the bart staff is supposed to do visa vie, the contractor. >> and so commissioner to answer your question to the best of my ability. the maintenance plan, so if we purchase any piece of equipment or renew anything that we have have it be a traffic signal or a escalator or a rail the actual manufacturer sets out what the maintenance plan is, you should replace this part every six months and you should check this component three weeks, so they established the plan within the document within the specifications that they provide to us. what we then in turn do in the case of escalators we set up a maintenance contract that says that we will replace these components in the period and we will check this piece of equipment within the period that is specified. and in the case of escalators, our standard of maintenance, when that work should happen,
when those should be replaced exceeds what the manufacturers recommends for the escalators and within that contract, it does layout f there is an escalator failure you must respond in 24 hours, this step and this step will occur. and if we didn't and if you would like, we could fully provide the contract that lays out of that out and summarize and provide that to you. >> i think that will be helpful. >> but i would actually question whether or not that sufficient in the sense of, i mean, that i would think that a maintenance plan should go beyond the individual contractual, you know, obligations of the manufacturer. you know? that a maintenance plan will actually outline what, you know, the responsibilities of internal staff actually are.
and i would also ask, you know, whether or not we are thinking of doing anything differently, because i know from my own, or from our experience just in the civic center area, the escalators are broken all of the time. and so, are we doing anything different that we have been doing in the last, you know, few years? and i hope that we are. or is it just, you know, that we are going with whatever the manufacturer is proposing, and the contract, and that is it? i do wonder, what other jurisdictions are doing, and my experience in dc having lived in dc is that their escalators were a lot more relyible than those in the bay area, i don't know if there is something else that they are doing. and i am surprised that your maintenance plan is your
service agreement would come. >> i will let scott add to it. this is the process that we have had for maintenance of the escalators since they were originally installed in 1972. you are did ask the question of whether or not we did anything different and we actually did this round with the contracts the maintenance contracts are actually up kind of in the early spring of this year. and what we did was when the five new escalators went into operation, we actually tested them because we knew that this maintenance contract would be happening. we actually held the main nens contract to actually test them in service and figure out what components would work and which once would make sure that it was actually that work and those failures were all considered as part of the maintenance contract. we also did as part of the presentation, we did no components and the other issues over the life of the existing escalators and did the best in the specification to make sure that they would last as long as possible. and if you want to add anything?
>> is there anything else to the maintenance plan besides the contract would come? >> sure, one of the things that we have with our standard sop internally, which lays out what everyone does and what the responsibilities are for the station engineers and myself. and everyone and how the muni staff, deals with the elevators and whether there is an accident or entrapment and all of those things and so we do have an sop that lays out everyone's responsibilities in the sfmta and our contract, is written by me and it is very stringent, it is one of the most out there. and it lays out, what the contractor is going to do with damages if they are not able to do what we have required them to do. and there are damages in there also. and then, in washington, d.c., they have a large system and 600 escalators in the system and they did put in the canopies, and but just called me last month and coming out next month to talk about the stuff and i have been out there to visit them in the past.
and i think that a lot of the areas that are struggling with the canopies because as you can see they cost more than the escalators and so when the people are trying to install the new escalators to give them better reliability and because they don't have any safety devices that have come up in the last 30 some odd years and we are trying to get the safer escalators in here and so they are now required by code, and the state of california, adopted a 17.1, which is the american society of mechanical engineers and i was just baft last week, discussing with the members and one of the hot topics are the canopies because a lot of the places are finding that they are so expensive to install that it preincludes them from being able to replace them with newer and safer and reliability equipment because they are spending the money on
canopy and that is part of the reason this he is working on this and because that they need to replace them and install a canopy over it or you can't replace the escalators and so that is where they are at. and there are ways to other void doing that by doing what we did with what is called the (inaudible) model and we install it a brand new one inside of the twisting truss and it gets around that angle and you are able to replace the escalator and make them safer with all of the codes without having a canopy. and we were in a situation with our scoping this project that the canopies were so expensive and we could install a bunch of new safe reliable escalators to a third more and have canopies over there and the older escalators out there with less safety devices on there and so we made the choice and we had to make the choice. >> so thank you. let's see. commissioner kim and then commissioner yee. >> i think that our comments
are going to be similar to commissioner yee and campos. >> i am wrapping it around the issue and so the state is requiring it. as part of their releasing the funds on some of the escalators on the east bay. >> did you say releasing of fund. >> you said that the state is requiring the canopy? >> well the state permits all of the elevators in state. >> like the city and county of san francisco, they have code enforcement and come out and enexpect once a year and they have adopted nc 17.1, which is the diverse of the code which requires canopy be placed on any new outside escalator. >> why aren't they required on the five that we replaced in phase one. >> because they are not classified as new. they are escalator, if we build one, it is okay, you don't need t but if you place a truss and everything. but you are not the only one
struggling with this because it is happening all over the country. >> you are saying that the data is not showing that they make enough of a difference to warrant its cost? >> correct. >> so in other words, if you had some hotel courtyard or something and you could put up a lower price canopy that you will have to deal with the graffiti and vandalism and all of the things, maybe it will be more cost effective but it is difficult here to make it cost effective. >> i am sorry that data is based off of what? >> so, the answer to your question is, there is state code, but now requires the canopies if you are fully replacing your escalator, and the projects that we are doing is renewing nem in place with the new component and parts which have been weatherized to deal with the situation that we
are dealing with. bha we are paying based on the market and they are quoting us the same price and so that is part price of them. whether or not there is a cost benefit and those who actually do the work and are certified and bid on it are pretty much giving us the saint maintenance cost and the components that we are using are made to withstand the exterior weather and everything that comes up with it. we can't control the human beings or anything else. one day, if canopies are installed and you know, seeing what happens with the bart pilot and the costs related to just maintaining, that portal. that also needs to be taken into consideration, so the actual savings on the escalator, verses now maintaining doors, and locks, and glass and removing the graffiti on a canopy, and so
these are very complex issues, and we appreciate the questions. >> and i get that, but i just, you know like i said, if they are not cost effective i would rather put in another 30 million, for the pedestrian strategy, our pedestrian strategy is 34 million and these canopies are 30 and so i thought that they were cost effective that was my assumption, i see them all around the world and you see them in dc and it is, you know, we are obviously tourists and so they are working and you don't get to experience on a daily level like we do here in san francisco and so i think that it is good to get that answer, as we move along and i think that is why we are asking so many questions about it, i want to take it out of the 20 year plan if it does not make sense. >> i think that the bart pilot will help. >> and i agree with commissioner breed on those is why do we need to look at the bater pilot when we have so many around the world. why is this 19th street a better comparison for us than
dc, and shanghai and i mean, that i guess i don't know why we can't look at existing, i think that maria has offered and our staff we can certainly do the research and check in with other agencies and see if it actually scott is an expert and this is 25 years of experience, working with other transit agencies and he is giving you his level of experience. >> could i just say that it is almost noon and we have five other items but it is so valuable to have scott here, with you, because it is shed insight that we really needed. >> and we, i absolutely want to say that we appreciate these questions. and it is good for us to be in this forum and to present you with this information. and so we can understand how these operations work. >> commissioner yee. >> i don't want to beat a dead horse to death. >> i am asking, i guess, that we do, analysis, of not only
the cost but the benefit and so forth, but one of the things that i want you to look at is even though the maintenance contract is here, and and the days and the ex-attorney really escalators, and the over the internal ones over a two-year period and the other thing that you should look at is, it is not just about escalators it is about the steps also. and i recall, years ago, when i was going down the steps on the rainy day, i just happen to hear someone yell and she was actually falling for and she slipped and i caught her, barely, her arm. and she fell and it broke her fall. and otherwise she would have been in the hospital. and do we have times when the people fall because of the rain and so forth. >> yeah. >> and you should say that it is included in your analysis. >> thank you.
>> and we have a executive director chang. >> thank you, i would like to suggest that if we could work with the staff and look at this holistically and come back to you with a recommendation and there is a maintenance cost. with the canopies and whether we have the benefits of the security would require the gate investment as well and so i want to make sure that when you ever looking at the capitol cost you have the canopy, the gate and maintenance and the safety and the other risk and issues that are covered and addressed in the analysis. that will be agreeable with our colleagues we would be happy to do that. >> let's open up up for public comment, is there anyone that would like to speak? >> seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner breed? >> i am going to go ahead and make a motion to approve this item. i think from my perspective, the fact that we do have
matching funds, the fact that, you know, we do have a plan in place. and we are looking at moving this project forward within the next couple of years, also gives us time to really look into the details of canopies and other things that we need information for. and i want to make sure that mta continues to collaborate with these various agencies and that we have a clear understanding on what is the best plan in order to maximize this large public investment or any public investment related to any of these transportation projects but i think that i am really actually excited about the possibility of doing this work for these escalators because it is a bit of a challenge, especially getting your luggage up them when they kind of stop in the middle and you know what i am talking about, things get stuck and it gets crazy and so i would like to see them replaced sooner
rather than later and happy to move this item forward. >> could i add that we are also talking about the bar let street scape improvements and the dpw cleaning and equipment and from our director, the recommendation i would like to put a condition on the escalator rehabilitation and the condition would be that the mta give us a fuller plan and work with the ta staff to do that and so that is a friendly amendment to commissioner breed's motion. >> i accept the friendly amendment and i also realize that, i have made a request that we implement the canopy and i just want to make sure that i make it clear that we add to explore the possibility of what is most appropriate and cost effective with regard to protecting our public
investment. >> and thank you, so much to you for the especially useful insightful information and thanks from the bater and the design that you walked us through the rationale and also, jak, and could we take that motion without objection? thank you. >> could you call the next item? >> i think that we did public comment? >> we did. >> item five, recommend adoption of the san francisco transportation plan this is an action item. >> before rachel comments i will say that i think that this effort in development of this san francisco transportation plan has been an extremely transparent and community engaged process and i am really happy that it is laying out our city's priorities through 2040, so the next 25-plus years, and i think that while the mayor's task force has complimented this effort by identifying the
funding for the key projects, the transportation plan as presented is really a broad view that is balancing regional transportation needs, equity, as well, and the needs of all of our riders in san francisco, and i just wanted to thank, rachel for the great process, >> thank you, principal transportation planner, i will be brief and there is a lot in here and let me know if we should go back to any item. >> as congestion agency we prepare a plan that covers all modes of transportation in the city wha. this does is help to prioritize and make the best case maximize our share. of state, federal and regional, resources the first plan was in 2004 and the basis for the prop
k sales tax which was approved by over 75 percent of the voters in 2003, and this is the time to update the plan and, and the new plans have been adopted and a lot of the accomplishments from the first plan have been made, and so it is time to adopt a new one. but the plan is designed to address our goals that have emerged, in the last ten years. in the ideas of livebility and healthy environment and we have the climate goals that we need to achieve and the state of good repair needs and the plan... and the goals and we started off with these goals and also the estimate of the resources that we expect to have through 2040. and the needs that partner agencies have identified, as well as the input from the public. through our citizen advisory
committee for this process as well as the public input that we conducted throughout physical therapy process of developing the plan, and we also include the development of the strategy, but to help to make the best use of these investments and what we presented or unveiled in the spring was a draft investment stragtgy and a draft vision investment strategy, that would propose the best way to invest, resources beyond what we expect to have or anticipate having. and further throughout the summer. and presented a revised scenario and two investment scenarios. and the policy recommendations early they are fall and also, along with the involvement strategy and the policy recommendations and the revenue
strategy, finally the final piece is we are coordinating this sftp development with the preparation of the next five years of prop k and so the five year organization program for prop k and you can consider the early action program for the sftp is starting to implement what the recommendations are over the next five years. and so, we expect to have 75 billion between now and 2040 in transportation in san francisco and 90 percent of it is really already committed or already needed, for a certain projects or purposes to maintain the system that we have today and to complete the projects and so it is about 5 billion dollars that is discretionary and we can decide how to use and this discretionary revenue, includes both the existing revenues as
well as revenues that we anticipate having, such as a new bridge tour or such as something similar to the bond state, and the bond programs that we have had in recent years. this is the summary of the plan, and most of that is needed on the ongoing maintenance of the system and the first major. and the discretionary dollars within this were about five billion are balanced along the state of good repair needs and the programs and enhancements and the efficiency in the expansion projects and we also developed a vision scenario. which would add or would expect that we would have some sources and some combinations of additionally new locally controlled sources to add about
the eleven and a half billion dollars to the revenue that we expect. this is how that additional 7 and a half billion could be invested it needs to be balanced among the state of good repair and programs and enhancements and efficiency in expansion projects and the, recommendations of sftp can be summarized in five categories and the first one is that improve thating and getting towards more stable transit operation and maintenance, and something to highlight here and i will, just want to note as i
go into these, that all of these recommendations are detailed in the closure and which is also on our website. so folks who... >> move start sf.com. >> yes, move smart sf.com and i will put the website up at the end and our e-mail. and so, just flag the highlights in each of these five areas of recommendation, this one is about investing in the regular vehicle maintenance and we need to, and to improve the reliability of the system we need to put coordinated street delivery city wide and
this one is about fe. we cannot do it alone and to meet the certain needs and most cost effectively and really takes the partnerships with the institution and employers and community based organization and that is what this third recommendation is about i also want to note that, about half the benefits of the sftpa investment and scenario and come from those types of demand management techniques and so, it is about better more closely connecting the choice to drive
so in the investment plan which is the 75 billion dollar plan, we have got as far as towards those objectives as we can and while balancing other needs that we have for the system, but it is really only with the new revenues that we think that we can fully achieve those goals the fourth area is efficiently using the system that we have, and this is not just about the transit system... it is also about the other networks like the freeways and how best support, sort of, the high occupancy vehicles, through our freeway network, for instance, this is a recommendation coming out of the sftp to look at how we can best make use of the